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33 Slightly Unexpected But Awesome Things You Should Be Thankful For

Including friends, family, and health, plus important stuff like donuts and Buffy.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what small but amazing things they're thankful for this holiday season. Here's what they said:

1. Having fewer toxic people in your life.

I have cut out some very harmful people out of my life, and I am happier than I have ever been with the people I choose to surround myself with as I move on towards bigger and better things.—Amelia R. Flurer, Facebook
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I have cut out some very harmful people out of my life, and I am happier than I have ever been with the people I choose to surround myself with as I move on towards bigger and better things.

—Amelia R. Flurer, Facebook

2. Donuts.

—kylef47601c478

3. Badass drag queens.

I'm thankful for RuPaul and Violet Chachki. Watching them has taught me how to be confident in myself, and not take shit from anyone else.—RadioActiveBlueBerry
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @missmissyphoto

I'm thankful for RuPaul and Violet Chachki. Watching them has taught me how to be confident in myself, and not take shit from anyone else.

RadioActiveBlueBerry

4. The Patriots crushing it.

I'm thankful Tom Brady was vindicated and the Pats are undefeated! #Sports—Madison Boynton, Facebook
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I'm thankful Tom Brady was vindicated and the Pats are undefeated! #Sports

—Madison Boynton, Facebook

5. Flavored coffee creamer. And things that make toddlers easier to deal with.

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Thankful for peppermint mocha coffee creamer, every episode of Daniel Tiger on Netflix, and that my toddler learned how to wipe his nose with tissues.

—Nicole Bednarski, Facebook

6. Harry Styles' long, majestic hair.

—Rachel Norton, Facebook
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—Rachel Norton, Facebook

7. But also Zayn.

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Zayn.

—Parwana Azimi, Facebook

8. And of course Louis Tomlinson's high note in "Love You Goodbye"

—Sara Correa, Facebook
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—Sara Correa, Facebook

9. A stocked (with free stuff) fridge.

I am thankful for the unlimited free tea and fresh produce at my work. We always have a fridge stocked with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, avocados and dressings.—Madison Miller, Facebook
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @lily.duffy

I am thankful for the unlimited free tea and fresh produce at my work. We always have a fridge stocked with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, avocados and dressings.

—Madison Miller, Facebook

10. The simple things.

My dog. My boyfriend. My favorite blanket. Starbucks.—CatMack74
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @jessicaarenae

My dog. My boyfriend. My favorite blanket. Starbucks.

CatMack74

11. First post-college job.

I'm thankful for getting a job after graduating from college and all the beautiful people in my life.—Sarah Dovi, Facebook
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I'm thankful for getting a job after graduating from college and all the beautiful people in my life.

—Sarah Dovi, Facebook

12. All the good stuff, but also all the bad stuff.

Thankful for every door that shut on me this year and I'm thankful for the new doors that opened that I never saw coming. I'm thankful for waking up and seeing the sun shining every morning walking to class and for the moon when it comes out and guides me back to my dorm from class. Thankful for not only the good but the bad because equally have made me who I am.—stefanieannb2
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @darthvada_r2d2

Thankful for every door that shut on me this year and I'm thankful for the new doors that opened that I never saw coming. I'm thankful for waking up and seeing the sun shining every morning walking to class and for the moon when it comes out and guides me back to my dorm from class. Thankful for not only the good but the bad because equally have made me who I am.

stefanieannb2

13. Awesome Uber drivers.

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I'm thankful for a lot of things, but this year I am especially thankful for all my Uber drivers that got me home safely.

thedarklordsauron

14. Finally feeling depression lift.

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I'm thankful that I finally got help for my depression and am starting to feel better. I'm thankful that I can finally feel thankful after years of negative thoughts thinking I had nothing. Also, Tom Hardy. I'm really, really thankful for Tom Hardy.

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15. Watching Buffy all over again.

I'm also thankful for Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I'm watching the series for the second time and it's just great. —Bespectacled Heroine
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @walkingdeadgirl1984

I'm also thankful for Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I'm watching the series for the second time and it's just great.

Bespectacled Heroine

16. Meeting the band that has changed your life.

I'm thankful that I had the chance to meet All Time Low (the band that saved my life) for the first time this year and thank the singer for everything their music has done for me.—Bec Lowe, Facebook
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I'm thankful that I had the chance to meet All Time Low (the band that saved my life) for the first time this year and thank the singer for everything their music has done for me.

—Bec Lowe, Facebook

17. And music that makes tough times easier.

Magcon, 5SOS, One Direction, Shawn Mendes, and Jacob Whitesides. I've had so many bad moments and turned to them for support, just for happiness, or just to plainly listen to their music to calm down or just to laugh. Sometimes this year I've felt invisible. It's just nice to know that they care in some way.—Lizzie
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @nataliechls

Magcon, 5SOS, One Direction, Shawn Mendes, and Jacob Whitesides. I've had so many bad moments and turned to them for support, just for happiness, or just to plainly listen to their music to calm down or just to laugh. Sometimes this year I've felt invisible. It's just nice to know that they care in some way.

Lizzie

18. Your first serious relationship.

After years of thinking that I wasn't attractive enough or interesting enough to be date-able, I am thankful for being in my first serious relationship with a man who tells me every day that I am his everything.—coraliner2
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @kelly_bove

After years of thinking that I wasn't attractive enough or interesting enough to be date-able, I am thankful for being in my first serious relationship with a man who tells me every day that I am his everything.

coraliner2

19. The best best friend ever.

I'm thankful for my best friend. She is perfect and has the voice of an angel. She helps me through all the stress of everyday life. I love her.—maxm4f4a1f76d
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @bff

I'm thankful for my best friend. She is perfect and has the voice of an angel. She helps me through all the stress of everyday life. I love her.

maxm4f4a1f76d

20. Chosen family.

I'm thankful for my huge theatre family that always supports me, even when my family doesn't.—erinb4d238cce7
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I'm thankful for my huge theatre family that always supports me, even when my family doesn't.

erinb4d238cce7

21. When your favorite character's life is spared.

I am thankful that GLENN IS ALIVE.—kyliec46e38bb5b
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I am thankful that GLENN IS ALIVE.

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22. Parks and Rec.

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23. And quality TV comedy in general.

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I am thankful for Rick and Morty. Ohhh and Broad City.

xoJanet

24. All things Shonda Rhimes always.

I'm thankful for Shonda Rhimes. She both owns my Thursdays and controls my emotions.—joyp4d4725ca2
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I'm thankful for Shonda Rhimes. She both owns my Thursdays and controls my emotions.

joyp4d4725ca2

25. A new job coming just in time.

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I'm thankful for my dad getting a new job. He had been fired December of last year and from then until just a few short weeks ago he was still searching for one. There was a real chance we would have to move to a new state if he couldn't find one in ours. But he has one now and we don't have to move and I have never been more thankful or happy.

dutch1776

26. A legit excuse to miss Thanksgiving dinner.

I'm thankful for my new job that gives me an excuse to miss Thanksgiving dinner.—lydiaw4d7cccdf0Buy this doormat for $25 on Etsy.
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I'm thankful for my new job that gives me an excuse to miss Thanksgiving dinner.

lydiaw4d7cccdf0

Buy this doormat for $25 on Etsy.

27. Being able to tell relatives you're not single anymore.

I'm thankful for my boyfriend of the last 10 months. Now I don't have to explain twice a year to relatives why I'm ~still~ single.—laurenh44b5f2bad
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @bff

I'm thankful for my boyfriend of the last 10 months. Now I don't have to explain twice a year to relatives why I'm ~still~ single.

laurenh44b5f2bad

28. Being inspired to take up baking.

I'm thankful that Netflix aired The Great British Bakeoff so that I would be brave enough to try making bread. The whole process has done wonders for my mental health — the sense of accomplishment of completing something useful and the connection to generations of women past who had much more difficult lives than my own has really put things in perspective.—nicolep8
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @homegrownlifemama

I'm thankful that Netflix aired The Great British Bakeoff so that I would be brave enough to try making bread. The whole process has done wonders for my mental health — the sense of accomplishment of completing something useful and the connection to generations of women past who had much more difficult lives than my own has really put things in perspective.

nicolep8

29. The family being together and safe and sound.

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I am thankful because I got to be with my dad again after one year thanks to the government in my country. And I'm also thankful for moving to a safe country.

Danielaguillenh

30. A great makeup brush.

Sigma E40 blending brush.—monah4efa46b02
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Sigma E40 blending brush.

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31. Making new friends.

I'm thankful for my new friends. I grew up not having a lot of friends, and the ones I would have would lie and drift in and out of my life. I feel like the ones I have now are the greatest I've ever had.—catybark
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I'm thankful for my new friends. I grew up not having a lot of friends, and the ones I would have would lie and drift in and out of my life. I feel like the ones I have now are the greatest I've ever had.

catybark

32. A heated toilet seat.

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33. And of course a loving puppy that makes everything feel better.

I'm thankful for my puppy. She helped me get out of my latest depession and she helps me control my anxiety. She's also the reason I no longer feel unbearably lonely, because she's always with me and she's hilarious so there's never a dull moment.—alexvero
instagram.com / Via Instagram: @cashlanier

I'm thankful for my puppy. She helped me get out of my latest depession and she helps me control my anxiety. She's also the reason I no longer feel unbearably lonely, because she's always with me and she's hilarious so there's never a dull moment.

alexvero

Note: Answers have been edited and condensed for length.

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